Questions tagged [wood]

For questions involving wood as a construction material, either as lumber or finished features of a home.

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Can I use wood to build my apt or do I have to use drywall?

I am building a small loft style apt for my wife and me in Illinois. The building is a rezoned factory with apartments in it. I'm going to pick a wing and build a place for us to stay 'till our house ...
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Twisted pergola post

My 4x6 middle post on my pergola has twisted at the top over the years. It is sturdy and placed in the ground in concrete. Is there a way to straighten the twisted post?
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Can I safely remove stringer in garage?

There are two 2"x12"x8' stringers attached to studs in the garage with 1/2"x2-1/2" lag screws in order to mount a squat rack. Is there any concern that I could compromise the integrity of the garage ...
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Newly put together wooden bed and the one screw bolt on the headboard decides to thread?

I just recently bought a new wooden framed bed, flat pack basically. Everything is fine, all except this one long screw/bolt that decided to thread inside the headboard. I applied the same pressure as ...
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how much weight can be supported by three 4x6 beams spanning 16 ft in a 7ft width?

how much weight can be supported by three 4x6 beams spanning 16 ft in a 7ft width? These beams would be set horizontally.
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How can I remove material from this wood beam?

I am trying to mount a roller shade in between two wood beams on my porch. The problem is that the beams are a hair too close together to accommodate mounting the shade. I am trying to remove a small ...
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Level of repair for rotting outdoor stairs

I've got wooden stairs leading up to a porch that need repairs. The more I look into it, the more that I see needs to be done, so I'd like advice as to what I should do short term and what I can put ...
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Temporary butt joints for hardwood dance floor panels

I recently got several large panels of salvaged gym floor with the intent to use them as a snap-together dance floor, installed over carpet. The padding under the carpet is very minimal, so I don't ...
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Exterior wood rot remedy for beam

I am not sure if this beam is decorative or structural But you can see the rotten area in red rectangle What is the best way to fix something like this?
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Repair a split in chipboard on a bed frame

A 2 meter side panel of chipboard has cracked 90% vertically. Behind this chipboard is a proper wooden beam running horizontal for the bed where the slats are attached, the beam can be detached from ...
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Custom rail for a spiral staircase

I have (foolishly) bought an oak spiral staircase on craigslist. I was able to use the treads OK, but I'm completely unable to fit the rail that came with it. So I need to construct a custom one. I'm ...
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What could this wood be?

In the middle of a relatively cosmetic bathroom upgrade and went to change out the old Hollywood light fixture. I opened the wall to add in a new junction box, but came across this random piece of ...
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What I can use to waterproof a sink cutout

I'm using solid wood to make a worktop/countertop in my camper van. It's going to have an undermounted sink, so I need to use something to protect the edge of the sink cutout from water. I have no ...
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Lid stays for shallow box

I have a window seat with shallow storage underneath (100mm deep storage, 560mm deep lid of 18mm birch ply). I've not had any luck finding soft close lid stays. The piston ones I've tried are soft ...
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Extend cabinet and add drawer: Will it be stable?

I am going to buy a cabinet for my kitchen. It comes unassembled but contains all necessary parts. When assembled according to the manual it will look like this: The problem is: The cabinet's height ...
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How can I prepare an uneven beam to be wrapped with wood?

We are doing a complete update of a 1975 home. The issue we can't figure out is in the living room. There is a drywall-wrapped beam at peak of vaulted ceiling that is 24' long. We want to wrap it with ...
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Can I use lag screws, lag bolts to hang swing vertically from a wood beam?

I need to hang a swing (picture attached) from a large wood beam in my living room. The beam is 1 foot high and 1/2 foot wide. (quite strong). I am planning to use 2 metal faceplates . Each ...
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I paid someone to sand and restain an oak table, when I wipe it with a paper towel stain comes off, how do I fix it

I paid someone to sand and refinish my kitchen table. The table is rubbing off stain when wipped with a dry paper towel. I don't trust their ability to fix it so I am trying to fix it myself. They ...
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Built wood vanity drawer deformed after painting!

attached photos of the deformed drawer, I found out only after reassembling! The cabinet itself, and 3 smaller drawers on the other side are all fine, but this one shocked me! Basically, it is made ...
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Is there Formula for thickness vs length of Wood/MDF/melamine for shelving?

I'm gearing up to build some shelves. Some really long and some really short. My goal is to figure out how on thin I can go depending on how long the piece of Wood/MDF/Melamine is going to be. I ...
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Is it normal for wood to sometimes squeal when screwing into it?

I recently put up some kitchen wall cabinets. When screwing in the cabinets one of the studs was more difficult to screw into. I pre-drilled pilot holes for the studs and everything went OK besides ...
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What kind of wood is this

What kind of wood is this? It is made of a patchwork of wood pieces.
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Deck support for a 2 man hot tub

I am looking to add a 2 person hot tub on my deck. My deck is made of all 2x6 material 12" on center floor joist, with 4x4 post and a 2x12 support band. It sits about 2 feet off the ground. The weight ...
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Untreated pine wood - do I really need to treat it? (indoor usage)

I have a piece of furniture which is made from raw pine wood. It has relatively fine sanded surface and I like that it is not sealed or stained. What if I just leave it so, i.e. do not apply any seal ...
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Outdoor kitchen on top of paver patio

Besides using Pressure Treated wood for the framing of the kitchen/bar/ island outside- is there anything between the pavers and the PT wood framing that needs to put down?
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Need to install board and batten wood shutters to my brick house. What items do I need to do this how do I do it?

I need to install wood board and batten shutters on my brick home and need to know what all I need to do it and how to do it. Thanks
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How to move building material, including large timbers, onto my property?

I'm trying to build a small house on my rural property. I'm trying to use a building kit, which is delivered normally by a series of 18-wheelers. It includes large timbers, such as six 6x8 x 14ft ...
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JB Kwikwood to fill in old screw holes

I am repairing a guard rail for a deck, can Kwikwood putty be counted on after filling in the old screw hole to hold the new screw safely?
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Wood rotted on thermal pane windows

The wood that is up against the glass on the double pane windows has rotted. How do we repair them without taking the glass out? We have to paint them every summer but with our Montana winters they ...
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Building computer desk with Solid core door (Help please)

if you're reading this I thank you for taking the time! I am a beginner at this type of stuff but I know how to use saws and make cuts. To cut to the chase, I am trying to build a nice and sturdy ...
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How to keep thin slices of wood from warping

I have been making coasters from kiln dried wood. My process is gluing several pieces of wood planks together (varies from 3/4 to 6/4 until I get a 6" thick blank), then cut the shape on a band saw (...
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How to get a flat-head nail out of a piece of wood?

I have a 1/4” (~6 mm) nail that someone put in a wooden bed frame that is 1/2” (12 mm) thick. The wood is hard (not soft) and the nail is flush with the wood in some parts, actually digging into the ...
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Staining over water marks?

I’m guessing this is water damage, right? I was sanding down and this white mark appeared. After sanding I applied prestain and spot checked with a dark stain but it didn’t help at all. How can I fix ...
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How can I make these tables sturdier for cheap?

I have multiple tables like this for my vegetable garden. They serve their purpose but I’d like them to be more stable. The 5 ft vertical posts are very wobbly and that’s a big part of my concern.
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Mantle mount installation

Good morning, I have a mantle mount that I would like to install over the fire place, currently, I have wood paneling over the brick, I want to install to the wood, but I cant seem to locate, the ...
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Sealant/joining compound for kitchen laminate worktop installation

What is the recommended sealant and joining product for use with laminate kitchen worktops? I have a butt joint within 10cm of the kitchen sink, and water has penetrated the joint and expanded the ...
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Removable Bracket for Wood

I am hoping to bracket two pieces of wood together at in a removable fashion (parts of a table that can be disassembled). Through research I found hanger bolts which look close to what I would want, ...
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Need ideas on putting drywall on old walls with plywood

I have old walls with plywood and on top of it there are wood battens. I want to put the drywall to make it look nice, since currently to me it looks more of old style. I have taken off one of the ...
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Looking to pull together assorted wooden furniture

As you can see in the attached photo (apologies for the mess), I've collected wooden furniture from different sources over the last few years. Just having moved to a new condo with a big enough ...
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Is it safe to build a drop down table to a wooden wall?

I have a wooden wall (I just moved in, so I don't know which wood) 6cm thick. I want to build an IKEA Norbo drop down table (https://www.ikea.com/de/de/p/norbo-wandklapptisch-birke-80091713/). The ...
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safe distance for re-drilling nail holes

I drilled at wrong place inside the window frame when installing blinds, about 1/2 inch off, is it safe to drill a new hole 1/2 inch away from the old one? edit: Please see picture, it's another ...
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Will 2x4 remain straight?

I was able to straighten a slightly warped 10-foot piece of pressure-treated wood with clamps. Will it warp again? If so, is there anything I can do so that it doesn’t warp? This 2x4 is being used ...
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How to build a mantel on rough stone fireplace

I have a very rough stone fireplace for which I'd like to hang a new mantel. Eventually I want to hang a flat screen and the new mantel will protect it from heat and such. I have noodled this project ...
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Securing a new wooden floor to a steel framed horse box

I am currently working on a renovation project where I am converting a old Horse trailer (box) into a mobile bar. As part of this project I have had to replace the old flooring in the box. Previously ...
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How do I repair my stair bannister?

My stairs bannister are made of small wood posts nailed to the ramp. The whole thing have always been quite fragile. After 10 years, a couple posts came loose and most show a gap between the posts and ...
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White spirit and wire wool to remove paint traces from wood

I've been stripping paint from some softwood beams using both stripper and a heat gun (very stubborn patches and I have no idea what the paint type is - we've only owned the house for a few months). I'...
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Water coming up from under stone tiles

I have water seeping up from stone tile in a first floor mud room. I checked in the basement ceiling below these tiles and there does not appear to be any wetness and the water also isn’t coming from ...
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Is the 2“x4” backing strong enough to hold the server rack

I just pickup some 2x4 from home depot, not exactly know what kind of lumber, and cut it about 35" , secured to the 3 studs with 1/4" X 3-1/2" lag screws with 2 on each stud (top-bottom). The lag ...
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When cutting wood do you add the width of the blade after the line mark?

Im new to using a circular saw and would like to improve my accuracy, If I have a blade that is 2mm thick do I add this on after the current line that I have marked and then cut down that? Thanks
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How to hide fasteners on a horizontal wood fence?

We’re about to build a horizontal wood fence, and I’d prefer not being able to see the fasteners on the face of each plank. What’s the best way of achieving this?